Malus 'Liberty' LIBERTY DWARF APPLE
(Zone 4) Crisp and juicy apple. Stores well into February. Ripens late September. Requires any late season pollinator such as Haralred or Red Delicious. Good disease resistance.
Pollination and Dwarfing of Apple Trees
Apples are generally not self-fertile; except for Yellow Delicious. At least two varieties are needed. Cross-pollination is possible when the trees bloom at approximately the same time. The apple trees should be planted no farther than 100 ft. apart. Bees carry the pollen, not wind.
A dwarfing rootstock produces trees that are approximately 45% the size of the standard tree. The general size of dwarf apple trees are 9-12’ tall and 10’ wide. Dwarf apples generally produce fruit after 3-4 years. These rootstocks only dwarf the size of the tree, not the size of the fruit. If the bud union is planted below ground, the dwarfing characteristics can be lost.